Marco Polo's Travels on Asia's Silk Road

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Capstone Classroom, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
How did Marco Polo manage to walk across all of Asia? Why did he become a favorite of fabled Mongol ruler Kublai Khan? Why was he not recognized on his return home? More than 700 years ago, merchants grew rich trading silks, spices, and glittering jewels between Europe and East Asia. Marco Polo decided to see for himself the mysterious lands of the East, and embarked on an expedition lasting 24 years. The account of his epic journey astounded people throughout Europe. Find out how Marco Polo braved bandits, sandstorms, mountains, pirates, and deadly diseases along the Silk Road and Spice Route. Discover how he became a spy for Kublai Khan, saw treasures beyond his dreams, brought riches home to Italy, and wrote one of the greatest travel books of all time.
 

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This book helped with my Marco Polo project so much. There are so many good and surprising facts that entertained my class during my speech.

Contents

Desert Hardships
4
Into the Mongol Realm
10
Toward the Silk Road
18
The Land of the Great Khan
24
In the Service of the Khan
30
Marcos Book
38
Timeline
44
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Cath Senker has over twenty years' experience in children's educational publishing and has written around 100 books for children for a range of publishers. Her books include highly regarded titles on Anne Frank, the Black Death and the Vietnam War, books on religions and the conflict between North and South Korea, and forthcoming titles on Self-Harm and Relationships. She lives the green lifestyle and has undertaken voluntary work for a range of organizations.

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